WordPress February Meetup: The new editor is the non-developer user’s treat

Developers and users sharing their takes about the new editor.

February 9, 2019 — the WordPress Davao community met at the Regus workspace, Felcris Centrale branch, to discuss and explore the new WordPress editor.

I have been blogging in WordPress occasionally. This year, I decided to step up my blogging game and focus on writing more content.

I’m a copywriter, so my knowledge of code is still to HTML.

Now, as a beginner user with a minimal background in code, I found the new editor helpful.

I found it to be very empathetic to us. Thanks, WordPress team!

Having this visual editor, we knew that you’ve been thinking about the newbies.

Of course, like any other new big feature rolled out in websites, it intimidated me, at first. Also, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. However, as soon as we got around the blocks and customization options, I was impressed.

I thought, “This was made for us.” It made the editing easier because we can visualize the blog post instantly, without hitting preview every time we make a change.

It also helped that there was a theme to demonstrate it. Others may not find this helpful, but for a beginner like me, it is.

It was a successful meetup.

There’s still a lot to explore; so, I might find more things that I enjoy using and things that I find unhelpful.

Here are some key takeaways from the latest meetup:

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo”

  • Focused more on editing the content of the website.
  • Bebo comes with a new block-based editor, also known as “Gutenberg”.
  • More control with content.
  • HTML- and CSS-friendly for users.
  • Drag-and-drop content
  • Features a new default 2019 theme, which complements Bebo.

Read the release notes for WordPress 5.0 ‘Bebo’.

What’s in it for developers?

  • Developers now have more control with the output
  • They can now ensure the content structure will not be changed by any accidental code edits.
  • There is a wide collection of APIs for them.
  • The new block paradigm allows developers to innovate more solutions for user needs.
  • Developers can still keep the old editor using this plugin.

Twenty Nineteen Theme

The default theme will show off the power of the new block editor.

In a nutshell…

It’s nice to know the aim of this update is to help the users, especially those who have little to no knowledge of codes.

Do you want to join our meetup next time?

Community time over pizza!

Our meetups are totally free.

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Regular Meetup: WordPress 5+, Twenty Nineteen and Gutenberg!

Happy 2019! Time to meet ya’ll lovely people again! Next hangout will be on Feb 09, and I’m so excited that it’s the first time Regus will be collaborating with us on our meetup!

Topics (open discussion)

2:00PM – We WordPress in Davao (intros) by community organizers
2:20PM – WordPress 5+
3:00PM – Twenty Nineteen theme
3:40PM – Hello Gutenberg!
4:20PM – Community time


Regus Felcris Centrale
6F Felcris Centrale, Quimpo Boulevard
Davao City, Philippines

Go up to 6th floor then head over to your right side when you get off from the elevator. Do not forget to checkout the map attached here in the meetup announcement.

After Meetup: Dinner and night-out!

Please RSVP in Meetup.comp as seats are limited, or drop us a comment/message in our FB group.

Regular Meetup: WordPress 5+, Twenty Nineteen, and Gutenberg!

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019, 2:00 PM

Felcris Centrale
40-D Quimpo Blvd Davao City, PH

4 Members Attending

Happy 2019! Time to meet ya’ll lovely people again! Next hangout will be on Feb 09, and I’m so excited that it’s the first time Regus will be collaborating with us on our meetup! 2:00PM – We WordPress in Davao (intros) by community organizers 2:20PM – WordPress 5+ 3:00PM – Twenty Nineteen theme 3:40PM – Hello Gutenberg! 4:20PM – Community time (Sch…

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Next Meetup Planning for WordPress 5.0

As we draw closer to the release of WordPress 5.0, I’d like us to start planning for the next meetup with focus around the upcoming major version, the ‘Twenty Nineteen’ theme & the new editor ‘Gutenberg’. Since there will be a lot of new features coming into the core, I would suggest we will have a follow-up meetup for the Gutenberg. On the first hangout, we would focus more on the general under the hood of 5.0 release, preview of Twenty Nineteen, and the user experience of the new block editor. The second meetup would be about exploring the ‘block’ concept of the editor, migrating your data from the classic interface into Gutenberg, and simple block development.

If you’ve been testing WordPress 5.0 lately and would like to share your thoughts about it, we would love to have you on our next meetup.

If you want to get involve or have any suggestions, please leave a comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook group.

October 2018 Meetup—From a First-Timer’s POV


A few moments before community time started.

New and familiar faces showed at the room. Small groups huddled on their own. Meanwhile, loners like myself leaned on my trusted social crutch—my smartphone.

A few moments later, people started pouring in. And, like clockwork, the short introductions and overviews began.

The October meetup event description promised lighthearted but informative discussions. Yet, as Dreb broke the ice, it was clear that we were oblivious to the coming meaty talks.

James Retuya started with SEO basics. Anyone who hasn’t heard about SEO would have thought he was speaking a foreign language.

Even so, for us who have a basic grasp of SEO, there was plenty to learn from his talk.

Georg Kevin Paquet, a seasoned WordPress blogger and Editor-in-Chief of Pinoy Teens Media, shared tips, anecdotes and the essentials to get started blogging with WordPress. The latter consisted of his humble days back in 2007 as a teen blogger in WordPress.

His stories, consequently, reminded me of my teen self who slaved way tweaking my Friendster theme.

Finally, Ria Jose, another seasoned blogger, wrapped the talks. She discussed blogging and writing succinctly–like a true online wordsmith.

Her directness and agreeableness embodied the thriving online whizzes of the gig economy.

Looking back, not much of a fuss preceded the October meetup. But, it was fruitful, enthusiastic, and practical.

Here are the links to the presentation slides of our speakers:

WordPress Davao is a growing community of diverse enthusiasts and pros. If you want to be a volunteer, just fill in this form. To get notifications for our next meetups, join us in our Meetup and Facebook groups.

March 2018 Meetup: Intro to Theme Development

WordPress users are familiar with the concept of themes. They let you to customize your site and swap out functions and features as you see fit. There are loads of themes to choose from, both free and premium, that give you variety of options.

That’s why, last March 17 at DevHub Coworking Space, WordPress evangelists and newbies convened in a meetup that talked about theme development.

We WordPress.

The session started with Dreb – a web engineer from 10up and co-organizer of WP Davao, talked about what the community is all about. He also discussed about the hierarchy of WordPress Template.

Dreb’s presentation slide can be accessed here.

Basic Theme Development.

Guy Romelle Magayano, a full stack developer from Infosoft Studio talked about the fundamentals of building a theme. He also pointed out the benefits of building it from ground up and with the use of existing frameworks to make it efficient. Thus, it does not reinvent the wheel but innovate it using available tools and resources.

Guy’s slide can be found here.

Child Theme Development.

WordPress is constantly being updated every now and then due to thousands of active contributors. It can be the core, plugins and even the themes. Now, why is it important to create a child theme?

Mint Medillo, a backend developer from Dash10 shared his knowledge about the importance a child theme when customizing the website’s main (parent) theme. He showed how easily it can be created using the three essential components – child theme directory, stylesheet and functions.php

Mint’s slide can be accessed here.

Did you find this article helpful? Why do you want to learn WordPress development? What do you want to know more about? Let us know in the comments below.


Call for Volunteers!

This community is 100% fueled by volunteers with the support of our sponsors (we’ll give you the list of sponsors soon) who embrace open-source.

So you want to help out running our community and share your awesomeness? Great! Lock-in period? NONE. Requirements? Only two things: You ❤️ WP and have fun!

Please fill-out the form here.


Code of Conduct

In order to help emphasize our priority to inclusivity and diversity by creating a 100% welcoming atmosphere in our local community, I’ve added our Code of Conduct. These guiding rules are curated by our global community with the goal of ensuring that everyone will have a wonderful experience and feel welcome in every WordPress event. We would love for you to read it when you get a chance.

If you have any questions or concerns. Please comment here or contact us.

First Meetup Planning for 2018

We are in the process of finalizing our first meetup this 2018, and we need your help! We are calling for volunteers and speakers nato diri sa Davao. Signup lang sa Call for Volunteers or comment down below.

We will be posting a poll later sa Facebook Group para makatabang sa mga mag-organize kung unsa ang mga okay na i-topics for our meetups.

We are looking at March 3 or 10 for the next meetup 🙌🏼 Anyone interested to sponsor a venue? Please reach out to us!

Feel free to comment below for reactions or suggestions.

2017 Annual Meetup Member Survey

I hope you enjoyed 2017 as much as we did! As we always say, your opinion is valuable. If you would spare us some of your time to answer our annual meetup survey, we’d truly appreciate it!

Just fill out the survey form from this link:

Become an Event Organizer
True to our open source mantra, becoming an event organizer is open to all who wants to join. We are always calling for volunteers who like to give back to WordPress, and in return we will learn together and be inspired with one another. Simply fill out our form or ping us on our Facebook group and we will get in touch with you!

Now, go on with your day as we get 2018 off to a great start!

Upcoming: Christmas 2017 Meetup

Hey! We’re back again for our December 2017 meetup this Dec 9, 2PM-5PM. First time na’to mag-collaborate with the newest co-working space in town, Spacelab PH!

WordPress 4.9 Field Guide
Major Customizer Improvements, Code Error Checking, and More!

Gutenberg: The Future of a Block-based editor
The nuts and bolts of the new editor in the works.

Lightning Talks: WordCamp Manila 2017 Recap
Reminiscing and takeaways from the recently concluded WordCamp in Manila.

Community Time
Open floor for any WordPress Q&A (help or feedback for you projects?)

Please RSVP if you can sa Meetup.com group.

WordPress Meetup (December 2017)

Saturday, Dec 9, 2017, 2:00 PM

Spacelab PH
1029 E.Jacinto Extension Davao City Davao, PH

7 Members Attending

Hey! We’re back again for our December 2017 meetup. It’s our first time to collaborate with the newest co-working space in town, Spacelab PH! WordPress 4.9 Field Guide Major Customizer Improvements, Code Error Checking, and More! Gutenberg: The Future of a Block-based editor The nuts and bolts of the new editor in the works. Lightning Talks: WordCa…

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Kinsa excited sa atong mini Pre-Christmas hangout? 🙌🏼🎄

Upcoming: Mini Meetup + Global WordPress Translation Day 3


Apology for the short notice but this one is really a more casual meetup (a.k.a mini meetup).

On September 30th, we are participating again in the Global WordPress Translation Day – 3rd edition, along with other WP communities around the globe. It’s a day dedicated for WordPress localization and internationalization.


  • Co-working – basically we’re workmates in a couple of hours working with our WordPress projects.
  • Q&A – it’s going to be an open floor. Feel free to ask WordPress questions; may it be for your projects or just want to learn or share. Since it’s translation day, we will give priority to questions regarding translating in WordPress e.g what plugins we can recommend for a multilingual project, how to make texts in themes and plugins to be translatable.

You can join us either in person or remotely (or both!) I will open a discussion sa Facebook group nato around the same time about WordPress localization and internationalization.

Mini Meetup + Global WordPress Translation Day 3

Saturday, Sep 30, 2017, 2:00 PM

Coffee at Yellow Hauz
V. Mapa St. Davao, PH

7 Members Went

Apology sa short notice but this one is really a more casual meetup (a.k.a mini meetup).On September 30th, we are participating in Global WordPress Translation Day – 3rd edition along with other WP communities around the globe. It’s a day dedicated for WordPress localization and internationalization.Activities:• Co-working – basically we’re work…

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Meetup place is at Coffee at Yellow Hauz (checkout the event on Meetup.com for the map).

More info sa WPTranslationDay:

Online WordPress Translation Day conference: